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Instructions for SPINPlus

InfoEd’s SPINPlus is the research funding opportunity database being used by Ohio Northern University. It is available for use by faculty, staff and students. SPINPlus consists of two components:

             SPIN - the search function for the research database,

             SMARTS - which allows you to match your search criteria against SPIN and sends funding opportunities to you via e-mail.


SPIN contains over 40,000 opportunities from more than 12,000 private and public sponsors.  With SPIN you can: 

  • Access funding information online, from any browser
  • Organize grant information in one convenient place
  • Gain access to the largest Keyword list, allowing for greater flexibility in your searches
  • Quickly locate Limited Submission Opportunities, Federal or non-Federal program
  •  Locate all types of funding information—Fed Business Opps / Federal Register Guide

To get to SPIN, go to and click on the SPIN link.  A  “Quick Reference Guide”  helps you get started using SPIN with very little effort.   By following the guide, you can perform searches and will not need to log-in with a user-name and password.  The SPIN site also provides short instruction videos that are helpful in navigating the search functions. These are located at the upper right side of the SPIN page under the Help section. Within the Help section are instructions for the three search modes of SPIN - Text Search, Keyword Search and Advanced Search.

HOWEVER, without a username and password, you cannot save or bookmark any searches or use the SMARTS product.  You must have a username and password (see instructions below) to be able to save searches etc.

Creating a Username and Password (U/P)

Faculty who want added functionality like saving searches, activating SMARTS e-mail notifications, etc., will have to establish a profile in SPIN to create a Username and Password.  Having a U/P will also allow users to access the SPIN service from remote locations. 

To do so, click on the Sign In link on the initial SPIN page.  You will see the screen shot below.  If you need to create a U/P, there is a link along the bottom (Need to create a new profile?).

Select the link and that will take you to a page to create a profile.  Populate the profile page and click save.  This creates a username.  The ONU SPIN administrator will receive an e-mail and will access SPIN  to approve your request.  The faculty member will then receive an e-mail with a link to set up your unique password.  Once completed, you will be able to sign in and access functionality such as saving searches and activiting SMARTS notifications.                                         


Your profile allows you to match your search criteria against SPIN on a daily or weekly basis and review relevant funding opportunities via e-mail with SMART:

If you would like to set up SMARTS notifications, you can do so by creating searches in the Basic, Advanced, or Keyword search areas and from there you can save the search.  While doing so, there is an option to activate SMARTS upon the search.  See screen shot below.

InfoEd personnel will provide web-based workshops (one per semester) to assist faculty and staff in learning more about SPIN searches and the SMARTS product.  Information regarding the date and time of these workshops will be sent via e-mail to allow you to register.

Contact Beckie Watercutter (Ext. 2038 – ) if you need assistance. 

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